Stainless steel dongels are not safe to use in hot water, and it is recommended to use only a plastic or silicone-based lubricant, according to the National Institutes of Health.
“If your stainless steel toy dries out in the water, you’re not going to get it back, and you’ll never have the chance to use it again,” said Dr. Jennifer Littrell, an associate professor of medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Environmental Health.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that stainless steel toys should never be used in hot liquids, such as hot water.
Littll also says that while stainless steel may be fine in water, it is not a good choice for hot or cold drinks, such that you should avoid eating or drinking hot or iced drinks.
“The main thing to remember when you’re cleaning a stainless steel plastic toy is to be careful not to get any debris into the toy,” Littsell said.
If you have a toy that is dirty, wash it with soap and water.
Do not use any detergent.
“It’s just like water, so it should be fine,” she said.
To clean your stainless toy, place the toy in the sink and shake until it is clear.
“Then you can rinse the toy, but the toy is not going anywhere.
The plastic is still there, so there is no harm in cleaning the toy with a cloth,” Lilless said.
“And when you do wash the toy you should use mild soap and then use mild detergent, which is the most popular soap for cleaning.”
Clean your stainless toys with soap, a mild detergents or water that is a neutral color.
Lillesses suggested using a mild bleach.
“Soapy water will not only remove dirt and debris from the toy but will also kill bacteria and other organisms, which will then grow back.”